SpokenWord open mic every Monday. AWOL writers’ workshop every Sunday.

This info last updated Jan 12th 2019. 

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

AWOL Writers’ Group
Sunday evenings, usually 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Berkeley Books. Time vary so check here. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward and Thibaut Narme. Description. Join us afterwards for a drink.

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Matt Jones to Guest at SpokenWord Paris January 21st–Monday’s Theme: Monsters

matt jonesMatt Jones has studied monster lore in Afghanistan, China, Nicaragua, France, Canada and on a warship: Some monsters we discover abroad; others we carry with us. He was the winner of Arc Poetry Magazine’s Poem of the Year Reader’s Choice Award for his poem, “Wounded Village.” His story, “Drone,” was published in F(r)iction magazine #9. Today, Matt lives in Paris and works as the prose editor of Paris Lit Up Magazine. He writes books about giant octopuses, Bigfoot, and other fabulous beasts. 

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Looking back at 2018… c/o Sabine Dundure’s photography

Just some of the poets, singers, comedians and regulars at SpokenWord Paris last year. c/o Sabine Dundure – more of her work here.
Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Richard Earls at SpokenWord 14th Jan

Richard Earls performs on the London, Paris and New York spoken word circuits and will be in Paris in January to promote Bonfire, a slim volume of poetry, containing work he has developed on stage over the past two years.

At Spoken Word Paris he will be airing brand new compositions, notably the epic Mairead Aigneis, dedicated to all 21st Century Warrior Queens.

Photo: reading at his last gig at the Bowery Poetry Club, Manhattan in October.

SpokenWord theme: LIES and TRUTHS

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Heidi Seaborn to guest at SpokenWord 7th January

Heidi Seaborn is Poetry Editor for The Adroit Journal, a New York University MFA candidate and author of an award-winning debut book of poetry Give a Girl Chaos {see what she can do} forthcoming from Mastodon Books in early 2019. Since Heidi started writing in 2016, she’s won or been shortlisted for over a dozen awards and published in numerous journals and anthologies, in a chapbook Finding My Way Home and in a political pamphlet Body Politic (Mount Analogue). She graduated from Stanford University and is on the board of Tupelo Press. http://www.heidiseabornpoet.com

SpokenWord theme: CHAOS

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Christmas Eve SpokenWord…

A festive SpokenWord for those like me with no family to annoy in Paris… theme MIDWINTER, usuall SpokenWordery with sign up from 8pm, poetics begin from 8.30pm downstairs at the Chat Noir… Cheers all, David Barnes

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James Jewell to guest at SpokenWord 17th December

James Jewell is a jack of all trades: poet, rambling man, singer songwriter, and sometimes slave to the big system to make a buck. He and his wife Kara have been kind of nomadic wonderers from their home in the hills of Pennsylvania to Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto and now Paris France. James has a strong sense of his Pennsylvania roots while being influenced by the weird and wonderful adventures he and his wife have experienced. James has now been part of the Paris scene for almost eight years and strongly influenced and inspired by living there.

James Jewell’s solo album “SONGS FROM THE FRIDGE” is a mix of songs that spans more then 20 years. Some fresh out of the bins of the Paris street markets and overs from the deep freeze of times past. Influences include, Woody Guthery, Cash, Elezibeth Cotton, Violent Femmes, Françoise Hardy, Georges Brassens and The Who.

SpokenWord theme: SHIPS

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Ellie O’Neill to guest at SpokenWord Monday 10th December

Ellie O’Neill is a 21 year old Irish songwriter living in Paris. Combining vocals and music that are at once delicate and powerful, her music is honest and open. Ellie takes inspiration from deeply personal experience that translates as both individual and human. The weaving together of lyrical depth and musical beauty is as natural as it is striking, and her love of the Irish language brings a unique rhythm and style to her work.

SpokenWord theme: Joy

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3rd December on SpokenWord… Mike Lemme

Our special guest this week will be a former intern for Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Mike Lemme. Best known for his work at the UNDER St. Marks Theater in New York’s East Village. He wrote and produced 2018’s 50th & 4th, a play loosely inspired by his first roommates in the city, a married couple he found on Craigslist. The play followed Lemme’s 2016 15-night-residency at the same theater. Mike has also warmed-up studio audiences for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and wrote for Second City. Lemme’s excited to visit Paris for the first time on holiday!

SpokenWord theme: URBAN

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Me (David Barnes) and Maher Ajamane chatting about poetry and stuff

Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud here.

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Heather Hartley to guest at SpokenWord Monday 26th November…

SpokenWord theme: Grace

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and the author of Adult Swim (2016) and Knock Knock (2010) both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her short fiction, poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Slice, The Literary Review, Post Road and other venues. She has presented writers at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop and has taught creative writing at the American University of Paris and the University of Texas El Paso MFA program.

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